Cooler weather isn’t the only thing that sets the northern city of Aomori apart from Tokyo. The differences are apparent simply by walking down the street.
In Tokyo, everything has a shine to it– even the streets seem like they were recently polished. As a result, Tokyo looks really clean, but it can also feel a bit artificial at times.
Here in Aomori, the buildings are clearly older and look more lived-in. It’s not dirty, but it’s obvious that people live and work here.
Aomori just seems more real.
This authenticity is reflected by Aomori’s residents as well. There’s less of a tourist industry here, so people here are more informal in their interactions with others. Though everyone is still very polite in Aomori, it feels more like their talking to me like a real person rather than a customer.
To be honest, it’s refreshing and their casual approach puts me at ease.
Another big difference from Tokyo is that Aomori is quiet— almost eerily so. There are cars on the road and people are out and about, but Aomori just doesn’t come close to the constant noise of Tokyo.
These are the quiet streets of Aomori.
Summer in Aomori
- Northward at over 100mph — We leave Tokyo and head 400 miles to Japan’s northern tip.
- Tonkatsu & Apple Gyoza — First Meal in the North
- Quiet Streets of Aomori — Exploring Aomori’s peaceful streets
- A Mix of Modern & Tradition in Aomori — Old & New Living Together in Harmony
- Eating Nokke Don in Aomori — The freshest seafood in all Japan
- Rise of the Nebuta — They’re everywhere
- Hot Ramen on a Cold Night in Aomori — Hits the spot.
- The Signs of Amenity Street — How many can you figure out?
- Visiting Aomori’s Apple Factory — Aomori is all about the apples.
- Ohagi & Inari — They say the best things come in pairs.
- Leaving Aomori — It was fun, but it’s time to leave.